Mangal Dosha is regarded as a much-feared astrological affliction. It also remains as one of the most important aspects that people are wary about while matching horoscopes for a marriage proposal. Mangal is the Sanskrit name of Mars, and a ‘Dosha’ is an affliction. Manglik Dosha, thus, means the Mars Affliction and refers to the adverse positioning of planet Mars in the natal chart of an individual.
Mangal Dosha assumes tremendous significance when the compatibility of a boy and a girl is assessed for uniting them in marriage. It is believed that if either of them suffers from Manglik Dosha that can seriously impede their marital relationship and its harmony.
Criteria for Mangal Dosha
A man or a woman is said to have Mangal Dosha or is termed a Manglik if planet Mars is placed in his or her–1st House, that is, Lagna or Ascendant, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th or the 12th House, all counted from the Ascendant. Mars’ placement in any of such Houses counted from the Moon or Venus, is also said to denote Manglik Dosha.
While Mangal Dosha is an affliction that depends on Mars’ positioning in a horoscope, its placement in different Houses as above may lead to different effects, though all adverse.
Characteristics of Mangal Dosha
The adverse effects it can cause in lives of the people, who suffer the affliction, typically characterize Mangal Dosha. This can make a person egotistical, intolerant, domineering, aggressive and often destructive; and contribute to health problems, financial strains, failures, delay in marriages, serious discord in married life and at times, even to bitter separations. It is however said that its effects may get nullified if the person is born on the Mars-ruled Tuesday or if both the husband and wife suffer from this Dosha.
The Ill-effects of Mangal Dosha
A Mangal Dosha can cause adverse effects for sure, but the results may differ according to Mars’ presence in different Houses.
The 1st House represents nothing but the self, and hence the placement of Mars here can make a person impulsive, short-tempered and even violent.
The 2nd House denotes immediate family and joy, and a Mars here may create strains in the relationship between life partners.
Comfort is what is shown by the 4th House and a Mars there can give rise to mutual discomfort and disturbed family life.
It is the 7th House that directly represents marriage, and the presence of Mars here can lead to severe differences of opinion between husband and wife.
The 8th House represents the significant suhaagbhava, the longevity of the marriage and a Mars here can spell danger for the long life of either of the spouses and thus, for their married life together.
The last, 12th House denotes conjugal joy and happy married life, and Mars’ presence here can cast its shadow on the marital peace and joy, and may at times, even make the couple’s day-to-day life, miserable.
Remedies to Overcome the Ill-effects
No affliction can harm a person if divine blessings protect them, and Mangal Dosha is no exception to this. People can offer sincere prayers and pujas to Lord Hanuman and the Navagraha, especially to the planetary Lord Mangal and seek their blessings. Observing fasts, reciting hymns, doing charity, donating blood on Tuesdays, feeding birds and wearing a ring with the gemstone coral in the right-hand ring finger can also act as good remedies against Manglik Dosha effects.
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